Get out of the city of Anchorage and take the Turnagain Arm Shuttle to Girdwood/Alyeska Resort a small, quaint, alpine ski village. This self-guided tour to Girdwood is truly ideal for the independent traveler who enjoys breathtaking views and the chance to spend time in Girdwood, hiking or the many other adventures offered here. Your shuttle will take you directly to Girdwood where you can take the free Glacier Valley Transit shuttle to various location in the quaint town called Girdwood. Enjoy stunning hiking trails and views that will take your breath away and make your heart palpitate. Take the time to read up on all that Girdwood has to offer and if you still need help ask the concierge desk at Alyeska Resort for all the activities available.
What You Can Expect
This self-guided day trip to Girdwood/Alyeska Tour allows you freedom to break away from the tour groups and explore on your own and return at select times. Your journey to Alyeska begins with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm and is a treat you won't want to miss. On the way to the Alyeska Tram you will be traveling down Alaska's most scenic stretch of highway known as Turnagain Arm. Your adventure includes a Turnagain Arm Tour with highlights listed below.
When you are ready to continue on simply board the shuttle at the Girdwood Station at the entrance of Girdwood back to Anchorage. We will be making a stop at Turnagain Gallery and Potter Marsh on the return journey back to Anchorage.
Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales.
Portage Valley: Enjoy a meal at Portage Day Lodge and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail. You can also rent a bicycle for a relaxing tour of the Valley. Other activities can include taking the one-hour cruise on Portage Lake up to the face of Portage Glacier and discovering the geology and natural history of Portage Valley at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.
Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by professional, competitive wood carvers, the gallery is full of stunning sculptures, unique jewelry, deeply moving paintings and photographic prints.
Potter Marsh: With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwood and alder trees, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Anchorage. About halfway along the boardwalk, Rabbit Creek flows underneath and provides a good spot to see spawning chinook, Coho, or humpback salmon from May to August, depending on the species. Moose also frequent the marsh year round. May and June are good times to see these large ungulates standing in the marsh foraging for new growth.
Tour Times: 8 AM, 10 AM and 11 AM
Duration: Plan for a full day of 8 hours.
Round-trip shuttle service with a tour of Turnagain Arm between Anchorage and Girdwood where you will connect with the free local bus called Glacier Valley Transit to the Alyeska Tram.
The Portage Glacier Cruise (see Portage Glacier Cruise page for details.)
Prior planning is best, please dress in layers, wind and precipitation are common in the mountains where the sea is close by. Remain well hydrated to ensure your comfort and maintain situational awareness of your time and surroundings for best safety.